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Consultant in Ophthalmology (Corneal)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 a year
Closing date
14 Jun 2024

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Specialist doctor, Ophthalmology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Required to fill this post within the Ophthalmology Department at St Jamess University Hospital. This post will deliver 10 PAs providing leadership and support to the Acute Referral Service, and support to the Corneal team. This post is based at St James Hospital but may include working at other sites when required.

The successful applicant should possess accreditation in Ophthalmology in the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth) or equivalent and should be included on the Specialist Register or within 6 months of CCT at the time of interview, if currently within a training programme within the UK. In accordance with the consultant appointment regulations, all other categories of doctors must be on the Specialist Register.

Main duties of the job

Applicants should have established skills in Ophthalmology. Excellent communication and team working skills, and a strong commitment to teaching and service development are essential. A strong commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and a research interest is desirable. Consideration will be given to applicants who wish to work full or part time and those wishing to job share.

If shortlisted, you will be required to give a 10-minute presentation on:

Re-designing the Ophthalmology Acute Referral Service at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


About us

clinical expertise and medical technology. We care for people from all over the country as well as the 780,000 residents of Leeds itself. The Trust has a budget of £1.1 billion. Our 20,000 staff ensure that every year we see and treat over 1,500,000 people in our 2,000 beds or out-patient settings, comprising 100,000 day cases, 125,000 in-patients, 260,000 A& E visits and 1,050,000 out-patient appointments. We operate from 7 hospitals on 5 sites all linked by the same vision, philosophy and culture to be the best for specialist and integrated care.

Our vision is based on The Leeds Way, which is a clear statement of who we are and what we believe, founded on values of working that were put forward by our own staff. Our values are to be:






We believe that by being true to these values, we will consistently achieve and continuously improve our results in relation to our goals, which are to be:

1. The best for patient safety, quality and experience

2. The best place to work

3. A centre of excellence for specialist services, education, research and innovation

4. Hospitals that offer seamless, integrated care

5. Financially sustainable

Job description
Job responsibilities

In relation to this post, the Ophthalmology department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals strives to offer the very best care to all our patients through the delivery of high quality clinically services underpinned by excellent research, innovation and teaching. This role combines each element in the sub-specialties of genetic eye disease and medical retina, placing the post-holder at the heart of both a busy service for the local population and a highly specialised commissioned service with a thriving research portfolio for the region.


The primary objectives of this post are to support and develop the emergency eye clinic including supervision of junior trainees and AHPs. In addition support for the regional corneal and refractive surgery service. In addition the role will involve developing the basic science and clinical research portfolio and to develop new pathways and models of care.

In addition the post holder will contribute to the overall function of the ophthalmology department by supporting all colleagues and points of service delivery as required. As part of this, the consultant will provide clinical leadership and drive service improvement, efficiency and innovation in their area of specialism.

The post holder will be expected to engage fully in all aspects of clinical audit, clinical governance and patient experience pertaining to their area of specialism.

Person Specification

  • Must be able to demonstrate a high level of clinical experience and competence in the management of acute Ophthalmic Conditions.
  • Specifically, must demonstrate higher training in Ophthalmology.
  • Evidence of continuous career progression consistent with personal circumstances.


  • MB BS (or equivalent).
  • FRCS or equivalent qualification.
  • ATLS or equivalent qualification.
  • Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment and hold a current licence to practice. YOU MUST STATE YOUR GMC NUMBER ON YOUR APPLICATION FORM TO BE CONSIDERED.
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Is up to date and fit to practise safely.


  • Relevant higher degree.

Training, Research, Teaching & Audit

  • Should have completed a recognised training programme in Ophthalmology.
  • Evidence of the ability to carry out medical research.
  • Experience in training undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors.
  • Experience of participation in regular clinical audit.


  • Previous experience of supervising research by junior staff.
  • Previous attendance on Appraisal Techniques and Small Group Teaching Workshops.

Management & Interpersonal Skills

  • Understanding of current issues in the NHS.
  • Well organised and skilled in good time management.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to relate to and work within a team.


  • Attendance at recognised management course.

Other Requirements

  • *Hold full GMC Registration with a license to practice.
  • *Entry on the GMC Specialist Register via:
  • -CCT (proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of interview) CESR (or) international applicants should comply with the GMC specialty registration process.

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